In response

Jessica Lewis

While I agree with Jill to a certain extent, I do have a couple points to make. More and more lately, I am noticing a similarity in arguments for and against increasing the number of troops being sent to Iraq. Everyone, on both sides of the issue, claims to be thinking of what is best for the troops.

I am not innocent on this issue. As a military wife, I am constantly imagining that I have a more clear perception of things than others, but that is far from the truth. The reason I want the troops home is not because I know what is best, but because I hate the situation that has separated me from my husband. I am willing to admit that. In my opinion, no one really knows what is best for the soldiers fighting overseas. The only people who can give definitive answers, are the soldiers themselves, and their opinions are as varying as the rest of ours.

Obviously it is not in their best interest to be in an unstable region fighting for an unknown cause, but no one really knows what the next step should be. Is it better to leave the number of troops fighting unchanged, that doesn’t seem to be working at present. However, who knows if increasing the number of troops will solve the problem or only draw out the fighting for a longer period of time, or intensify the violence. Maybe you think it best to draw the troops out all together, but that has the potential to make the entire country collapse into civil war, increasing the violence, and who knows what results that would have in the long run.

I am not saying there is no solution. Far from it, I am an optimist, and I hope the situation will be resolved quickly and with minimal bloodshed. My only point is that no one knows what is the best solution, or what is best for the troops on the front lines who have to deal with the repercussions of our actions. Why don’t we just call it like it is. Don’t try to safe guard your opinion by saying it is in the best interest of the soldiers, or anyone else. Stand by it for what it is, your opinion.